**CLOSING ON MY BARIATRIC WEIGHT GOAL**

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I just saw your thread today and read the whole thing. Congrats on all your work, the garden and your weight loss.

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Thank you! It was a wonderful experience and not only a life saving experience but a LIFE GIVING EXPERIENCE. I completely recommend this to anyone who is obese or as they would say back in my day "chubby." Did you read the entire threads from Pre Bariatric Surgery? There are Pre and Post.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

No, just this thread, thanks for the info on the others as well.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

So T, are you finished? Do you think about other things now? Do you still eat funny stuff? LOL.

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Hi All,
No, I eat most anything but in very small amounts. My biggest problem is to remember to drink enough water. I have become very active around town and able to do things that I thought I could never do again. Simple things like walking through a park, going to a movie, going to a shopping mall. Things that people just take for granted are miraculous to me! I've always been an outdoorsman and loved to go into the wilderness such as our everglades which is very serene. In my town we have nature walk parks that encompass part of the everglades with broadwalks but I prefer the real thing and go where few do go but by boat of course.
I would never take a long drive for fear that my health might fail. No longer do I have that fear as it has been replaced by confidence and good health. Remember I am no longer on any of the mind boggling meds. The only one I still take is an antinflammatory for my arthritis which no longer bothers me thanks to a specialist and a series of painless injections into my shoulders.
My weight is still holding at 224 lbs but my waist size seems to have diminished as I wear a size 42 pants but now I feel I could go to a forty. My original goal was to drop to 206 lbs and size 38 waist but now it will be whichever comes first. These last few pounds have been very stubborn but then again I have been enjoying some deserts which I know I should not as it will slow my loss but I feel to need this treat once in a while for balance as long as I do not gain weight and overdo it and I have not!
Well kind of long winded but I wanted to bring you all up to date. Also want you all to know that I have never enjoyed life as much as I do now! Only wish those of you that do need this lap-band and can afford it --- DO IT!!!

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Thought I'd check in and say "Hi" to y'all. Things have been going great and I am now down to 220 lbs. Fourteen more pounds to go for my goal of 206 lbs. May not make it for Christmas as I had planned but I'm enjoying myself and that is most important to me.

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Thought I'd show you a picture of part of my gardens. These are my tomatos planted in earthboxes (EBs for short) as they are above ground and weedless and easy for me to work out of my cart. I also have a variety of veggies on the other side but they are to young to show as they are only in the seedling stage.

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Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

**zone envy ***

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Just keeping everyone up to date. I am doing very well and now weigh 218 lbs. Not bad from around 330 lbs? My goal is still 206 but losing this last bit of weight is slow but I really don't pay attention to it. I just go about my daily lifestyle one day at a time and don't overstress myself as I still have Post Polio Syndrome and must take it easy on my neurons as for me they are not replaceable and as time goes by it is getting worse and my legs are slowly losing their strength but ever so slowly thank goodness. Every bit of gardening I do I always have a chair or something within reach so I can sit and rest without straining myself. Sometimes though I forget and the numbness in my legs sets in especially in my good leg, the left one and I can not walk. The other day I had to call for help while I was working outside and my son pushed my garden scooter over to me. It is difficult facing the reality that someday I may not be able to walk at all? PPS is a B---- but I am a young seventy and just not ready to pack it in!

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Tplant, I can't walk at all and I still garden, and my dad is 71, and he stares at the wall all day. YOU ROCK! xx, Carrie

Waaaay Down South, GA

Tplant, you're an inspiration to all of us ... not only with your weight loss but with your gorgeous gardens. :)
Hugs&blessings ... ~Susan

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Went in for my check in today with my bariatric surgeon today and although I still weigh 218 he was very pleased because at my prior check up of three months ago I was 222 on his scales. I told him about others that I've helped regarding lap-band. He then asked my permission to photograph me and if I would be a speaker at one or two of the meetings. The last time I was at his office a representative of lap-band was there and seemed to be very interested in my progress. Wouldn't mind being a poster boy for lap-band commercials as they do have a lady with a lion doing one commercial but she never lost the weight that I have lost. About 120 lbs more or less.

Auburn, AL(Zone 8a)

Tplant that would be wonderful, I can honestly say I don't think I would be as willing to have this done if it wasn't for following your story and hearing your progress. I've had several friends that had gastric bypass as well as the gastric sleeve and while they all lost weight I can't say they are healthy, which is my main goal. Looks are a nice bonus but I want to be around to grow old with my husband and enjoy the rest of our lives together.

N.C. Mts., NC(Zone 6b)

Tplant, go for it. You are doing great.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I agree, I think it would be an AWESOME opportunity for you to encourage and support people, AND grow personally!

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Wow, a poster-boy? You've come a long way, baby! May we see the current svelte you? (And do you see an MD for the PPS, and what does he have to say?)

xx, Carrie

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Carrie -- This picture was taken two days ago at our home. They are moving our home because the school is building a new cafeteria and additional parking lot. We are staying in a hotel called Homestead Suites on St Rd 84 in Davie, Fl. Unfortuneately it rained yesterday and more heavy rain expected today. We were to be back home by Monday but I guess there will be a delay.

araness -- The gastric by-pass is the dangerous surgery and can not be reversed in case of complications so you are definetly doing the right thing with lap-band. I am so happy for you but you must keep up your strength because you will need it when you are slimmer and sexier as your husband will be chasing you thruout the house! LOL-LOL *** Sending you a big hug for your fruitful decision..***

PS --- Perhaps some of you are unaware of the CONSTRUCTION at our home. If you wish to follow along please go to the Tomato forum and key up Construction.

PPS -- Pardon the Gumby expression as I was caught off guard and in the middle of a sentence.

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Fredericksburg, VA(Zone 7b)

I've been reading about your move in the other forum, and came across this quite by accident. What a wonderful thing you have done for yourself!

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Thank you doccat5 ------ Starting to get anxious to get home as I am laying out a gardening plan for our home and it is looking good. For now just relaxing with my girl "Scooter."

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Fredericksburg, VA(Zone 7b)

Well good luck to you. I look forward to more pictures of your move. I've been dieting myself and am making modest progress. I've got a bad knee so exercise can be "challenging". I've been doing Tai Qi (not sure on the spelling), but the stretching helps a lot and it's very relaxing. I'm also signed up for the next seniors yoga session at the local senior center. I think that will also help a lot. Low impact on my joints helps a bunch. I'm 63 and feeling it. LOL I got shingles last March and am still fighting the after effects, sometimes the meds slow me down. And of course one will make you gain weight, like I need more. LOL

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

looking good, Ted! And skinny! x, Carrie

Ijamsville, MD(Zone 6b)

Look At You!! Next time I am in FL I will have to come see the NEW you!

Thank goodness for EarthBoxes. What plants/baby trees did you dig up for the move?
-Kim

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Hi Ya Kim !! I dug up my Fl Red Navel Orange, My beautiful Plumeria, (Miami Rose) Papaya and my Carambola (Star Fruit) tree. However, I lost my Mango tree. It had a virus and I decided to destroy it rather than transplanting and bringing the virus with it. I will replace it with a Dwarf Golden Nugget. I may not be able to save my star fruit as it does not seem to like its container home at this time. Just one more week and I will be able to set it in a permanent home as we were told that we can move back in on Friday. You saw my home when you visited last trip but wait till you see it after I'm finished with my landscaping. I will be planting all kinds of bulbs and flowering plants including roses so you must visit when you come to town. We also have more property now so that will improve our appearence. So many people from the school admired my garden before but wait till I'm finished !! Losing all that weight has given me strength and ambition that I've not had for many, many years.

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Hi Ya'll,
Thought I'd bring you up to date. I now weigh 209 lbs and feeling great! Almost unlimited energy and ambition, no meds except for my anti-inflammatory meds for my arthritis in my shoulders which is now extremely mild compared to the tears that I used to shed from the pain. Losing an overall 130 lbs sure makes a big difference and I do mean BIG! My surgeon is very proud of me and asked permission to use my pictures to show others. Of course I agreed. Happy to share with others as it really was easy to lose all the weight. Remember I tried every type of weight loss program from Nutri-System to Ice Cream Diet only to lose ten pounds and then after a while gain twenty or more pounds!People find it hard to believe that it is the same me? LOL But it is.....

Waaaay Down South, GA

Ted ... that's just wonderful. :) It's a real accomplishment, and I know you're feeling much better because of it. It's been amazing to watch your journey. You've been a real inspiration to so many. ^_^
~Susan

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

My goodness, T, you are a wonder! Always good to hear from you - thanks for stopping by to check in with us.

Strange question - do you have to eat diet stuff for the rest of your life? I mean, I don't think it's healthy to gorge on anything (maybe tomatoes), but do you have to eat artificial fat and non-nutritive sweetener and stuff like that? Or just eat a moderate lo-fat sensible diet?

xx, Carrie

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Carrie --- I just finished a pint of Haagen-Daz! Does that answer your question? I can eat and have been eating whatever I want but not as much as my appetite and desires are fulfilled rapidly. I want from nothing nor do I deprive myself of anything and still lose weight. Lap Band is truly remarkable....

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

That certainly does answer my question! I could not eat an entire pint of ice cream myself, but I am only about 2/3 of you, and not hungry right now, and it's still a little nippy out to be eating ice cream, to my taste.

I feel like I keep asking the same question over and over - I guess, in my mind, I have you eating, or drinking, rather, sugar-free Instant Breakfast still!!

Congratulations again!

Auburn, AL(Zone 8a)

Congrats Tplant, my info got sent to BCBS Friday so keeping my fingers crossed that I hear something soon.

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Do let us know? For dinner tonight I had baked pork tenderloin, potatos-au-gratin and broccoli. Two tablespoons of potatos and two tablespoons of fresh broccoli and two 1/2 inch slices of tenderloin and I could not finish all but made sure to finish the meat (Protein) which is very important. I do have two cups of Carnation Instant Breakfast every day because sometimes I skip lunch when I am gardening. Also I take three Tums (calcium) daily and two vitamin C daily plus a multi vitamin- mineral tablet. That is all there is to it!

Auburn, AL(Zone 8a)

Tplant have you tried other protein drinks? I've been told to find one prior to surgery so that I can get use to it, so I'm looking for the best tasting. I've started taking two Flintstones chewable vitamins daily and will start the calcium after surgery. Not drinking with meals has been difficult but getting use to it.

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

Try www.syntrax.com and go to Nectar. They have the most delicious drinks and highest protein count. I love strawberry and also cappucino but there are several flavors that you may try. It really is easy to stay on this regimine after your surgery. Do you have a date? Did the doctor give you a special diet to follow for now?

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Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

A bit of an update this morning as losing the last few pounds without sacrificing takes a little longer and I now weigh 207lbs. My goal was 206 but I have decided (with my doctors approval) to go under 200lbs. It will probably take me a couple more months but it doesn't matter and well wait the worth. Losing all this weight has not only given me a new life but also a different outlook upon it. I walk with a spring to my step and full of self confidence that it will be a good day!

Waaaay Down South, GA

Tplant ... I can't believe you're considering losing even more weight. You've done such a remarkable job! I can only imagine how much better you must be feeling these days. Hang in there, and don't try to over-do. I'm glad you're losing under the guidance of your doctor. We don't want you to disappear from DG! LOL
Hugs&blessings ... ~Susan

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

LOL --- LOL
Susan that was cute! A man my height should weigh about 185lbs but that is a younger man and for me my new goal is to break 200lbs even if it is only 199 lbs. I thought I would need plastic surgery to remove the loose flab but that never really happened and I am fairly firm. Good things have been happening to me....

Waaaay Down South, GA

That's great ... Good things have been happening to me, too ever since you introduced me to EB's. :-) There's no way anything could survive out there in this heat without them since I do container gardening..

Good luck with your weight loss goals, and happy gardening!
~Susan

Moon Twp, PA(Zone 6a)

TPlant,
So proud of you and your progress!!!! Best wishes on dropping the last few pounds!!
~ Suzi :)

Auburn, AL(Zone 8a)

Well FINALLY got my surgery date this morning, I'll go into surgery Aug. 8. I do pre-op in the morning, not sure what time I should be at the hospital since this is all happening pretty fast.

I was approved by Blue Cross Blue Shield of TX back several months ago, but due to DH starting his new job we couldn't get a scheduled date before he had to terminate his employment. Soo we start the process all over again with Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA. I was approved last week but the office staff for my doctor was on vacation. I've paid my deposit (overnighted them cashier's checks) and she called this morning to give me the date.

I really wasn't expecting it to be this soon so I'm all giddy and running around trying to figure out everything I have to do.

Pembroke Pines, FL(Zone 10a)

I am so happy for you! You will enjoy a new life and body that you never thought to be possible. Don't worry about the surgery as you will be home by the next morning or perhaps that night? For now drink a lot of water. Keep in close touch with me?
Ted

Savannah, GA

Tplant, I just found this forum and thread and just wanted to send a HUGE "Attaboy!" out to you. A friend of mine had bariatric surgery about 3 years ago and she's done splendidly well, and I'm so happy for both of you. It's truly life changing, and I'm glad that good things are still happening for you. Also, bless you for being such a mentor here. All the best to you.

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